This series ran from 1 October 1948 until 25 February 1949 for a total of 22 episodes. It ran on the Mutual Broadcasting system on Friday's at 8 and was sponsored by the National Council of the Protestant Episcopal Church.
The primary purpose of the show was to encourage church attendance regardless of a specific denomination which was conveyed in the post discussion of the each episode. The first episode starred Walter H. Hampden as Cyrano de Bergerac, who then hosted the remaining broadcasts. Other acting support was provided by the Episcopal Actors Guild which included Basil Rathbone, Beatrice Straight, Jane Cowl, Ann Seymore, Boris Karloff, and Joan Caulfield.
So pull up a chair and listen to stars of yesteryear perform in Great Scenes From Great Plays.
OTRR Release Information:
Series Name: Great Scenes from Great Plays
Release Status: OTRR Certified Accurate
Release Date: August 22, 2015
Release Version: Version 1
Number of CDs: 1
From the Old Time Radio Researchers Group. See "Notes" Section below for more information on the OTRR.
It contains the most complete and accurate version of this series in the best sound possible at the time of creation. An updated version will be issued if more episodes or better sounding ones become available.
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Relax, listen, and enjoy!
OTRR Maintained Set -- This set contains all known episodes in the best available audio condition with the most accurate dates and titles known to be in general circulation and based on current research at the time of release. Replaces OTRR Certified Accurate and OTRR Certified Complete.
OTRR Non-Maintained Set -- A collection of shows that has not gone through the OTRR Maintenance process.
Pre-2019 OTRR Definitions:
OTRR Certified Accurate -- A series that was "Certified Accurate" indicated that all the episodes were properly identified and labeled based on current information but that the series did not contain all known extant episodes.
OTRR Certified Complete -- A series that was "Certified Complete" achieved the highest level of certification available under the OTRR Certified Standards. This certification level implied that all the files in the series were "Certified Accurate" and also indicated that the series was as complete as possible and included all circulating episodes.
OTRR Non-Certified -- A collection of shows that has not gone through the OTRR Certification process.
Also, beginning in 2019, the version numbers of our OTRR releases changed format -- instead of v1.0 or v2.1, we are now using a version number that reflects the year and month the set was released. The format used is a two-digit year followed by a two-digit month. For example, "v1906" indicates a set that was released in June 2019, or "v1910" indicates a set released in October 2019.
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December 5, 2015 Subject:
Titles and Stars
10/1/48 Cyrano de Bergerac starring Anne Seymour, Horace Brabham, host: John Daly
10/8/48 The Corn is Green, starring Jane Powell; host: Walter Hampden
10/15/48 The Barretts of Wimpole Street, starring Basil Rathbone, Beatrice Straight; host WH
10/22/48 Dark Victory, starring Celeste Holm and Walter Abel; host WH
11/5/48 Little Women, starring Joan Caulfield, Betty Caufield, and Stefan Schnabel; host WH
11/12/48 A Tale of Two Cities, starring Brian Aherne; host WH (to end of series)
11/19/48 The Enchanted Cottage, starring Gene Tierney
11/26/48 What Every Woman Knows, starring Gertrude Lawrence and Dennis King
12/3/48 The Devil and Daniel Webster, starring Raymond Massey
12/10/48 The Old Lady Shows Her Medals, starring Fay Bainter
12/17/48 Young Mr. Lincoln, starring Henry Fonda
12/31/48 You and I, starring Peggy Wood and Otto Kruger
1/7/49 The Citadel, starring Walter Pidgeon
1/14/49 The Farmer Takes A Wife, starring Eddie Albert and Margo
1/21/49 Icebound, starring Cornel Wilde
1/28/49 The Goose Hangs High, starring Walter Abel and Margalo Gilmore
2/4/49 The World We Make, starring Jessica Tandy and Les Tremayne
2/11/49 Dead End, starring John Payne
2/18/49 A Doll's House, starring Ingrid Bergman and Brian Aherne
2/25/49 The Lady With A Lamp, starring Madeleine Carroll
5/14/49 On Borrowed Time, starring Parker Fennelly and Boris Karloff